Old buildings often outlive their original purposes. Adaptive Reuse is a process for adapting old buildings for new uses while retaining their historic features. An old factory may become an apartment building. A rundown church may find new life as a restaurant. Or in the case of the Gaylord Building, an old warehouse and office building can become a museum, galleries, a restaurant, and a focal point for the redevelopment of adjoining historic resources.
In the pursuit of sustainable development, communities have much to gain from reusing historic buildings. Bypassing the wasteful process of demolition, adaptive reuse also has environmental benefits. These benefits combined with energy savings and the social advantage of recycling a valued heritage place make adaptive reuse of historic buildings an essential part of sustainable development.